Rocky Mountain College Erects Solar Array
In hopes that the project will spur other environmental steps, the college's Environmental Club, which led the project, raised more than $65,000 toward the construction of the solar electricity installation.
Southern Illinois U Deploys Solar Charging Picnic Table
The recently installed picnic table, made of recycled plastics, gives students the ability to charge electronic devices at a solar-powered charging station. The station lights up at night and stores enough energy for two cloudy days.
Washington U St. Louis Increases Solar Output
Furthering its environmental impact, the university's new commitment calls for an increase in solar output on all campuses by 1,150 percent. By fall, 379-kilowatts of photovoltaics will help subtract a calculated 385 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year from the school's carbon inventory.
Cornell U Upgrades Building Controls
(U.S.): After a recent energy study found the controls of an energy intensive laboratory building to be malfunctioning, the new installed controls will reduce maintenance-associated cost and provide energy savings.
Eastern Connecticut State U Wins National Award
(U.S.): The university's Institute for Sustainable Energy was recently selected to receive the 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection for its energy efficiency efforts such as benchmarking and sharing of energy data and connecting towns and agencies with the energy incentive programs available in Connecticut, which helps to accelerate the installation of energy efficient equipment.
Indiana U Bloomington Purchases Renewable Energy
(U.S.): The university's School of Public and Environmental Affairs is purchasing renewable energy certificates to offset its use of electricity from fossil fuels. The purchase covers the school’s academic energy use including classrooms, laboratories and offices through May 2015.
Michigan State U Honored by American Biogas Council
(U.S.): The university has been presented with the Project of the Year Award for its anaerobic digestion facility, which generates approximately 3,000 megawatts of renewable energy from processing organic waste from campus dining halls and university farms. This process diverts nearly 10,000 tons of material from landfills and wastewater facilities.
Montgomery County CC Introduces Wind Turbines
(U.S.): Dedicated on behalf of Earth Day were four 25-foot, vertical axis, 1-kilowatt wind turbines, which provide enough electrical output to power LED lights in one of the campus' parking lots.
UC Riverside Installs Off Grid Solar Power
(U.S.): Bringing the university closer toward its carbon neutrality goals, the 13 solar charging cafe-style tables have recently been installed across campus and provide the campus community with a vehicle to charge the growing number of handheld electronic devices and laptops.
Cornell U to Install a 2MW Photovoltaic Array
The university's largest solar endeavor, the two-megawatt solar electric system will include 6,500-plus panels, 10 of which will be designated for academic use allowing students physical access to manipulate the panels and access to the web-based dashboard monitoring software.
U Maryland Panhellenic Receives $4K for Energy Efficiency
Allowing the building to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, the university's Fraternity and Sorority Life housing coordinator applied for the grant to install the ceramic glazing on the windows of a Panhellenic chapter house as a pilot program.
U Florida to Install Three Solar Charging Stations
Spearheaded through the university's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the soon to be installed, clean energy charging stations will have USB ports and the capacity to charge the equivalent of one and a half laptops at a time.
U Colorado Boulder Completes 290KW Photovoltaic Array
The newly commissioned 290-kilowatt solar electric system on the main campus' sports arena will help the university meet its short-term goal of powering the campus with clean energy by reducing demand for grid electricity and cost while also fulfilling part of its long-term goal for a carbon-neutral campus.
Solano CC Introduces 2.8MW of Solar Energy
The Solano Community College District recently commissioned three systems totaling 2.8 mega-watts, which is estimated to contribute approximately half of the energy that the three-school district currently uses.
California State U Stanislaus to Install Photovoltaic Panels
With a desire to increase clean energy sources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and comply with state legislation, the new solar electric panels will produce approximately 34,800 kilowatt-hours to augment energy for the university's irrigation and storm pumps.
Towson U Pilots Outdoor Solar Table
The newly installed solar charging stations are located in several areas around campus to create a convenient way for students to recharge their devices using clean, renewable energy.
Clarkson U Pilots Energy Usage Monitoring
(United States): In an effort to examine whether data-driven energy decisions can reduce expenses in living facilities across campus, real-time data monitoring and displays have been installed for electricity and water in select student apartments.
Stella Maris College Installs 50KW Solar System
(India): Aligned with the state government's solar policy, mandating colleges to construct renewable energy, the college's new 50-kilowatt, 200 panel system will provide six percent of the school's current energy use.
New Mexico State U Approves Performance Contract
Legislation that phases out T12 fluorescent lamps was the impetus for the newly signed contract, which allows the university to improve 46 buildings through interior and exterior lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Stanford U to Install Multi-Megawatt Solar Energy Project
Spearheaded by the university's Office of Sustainability, the recently approved project calls for solar panels on a parking structure and 12 other campus buildings, which will increase the percentage of photovoltaic-derived energy from one to 10 percent and enable student participation and experiential learning and research.
Ball State U to Shut Down Coal-Fired Boilers
The university is preparing for a March closure for four boilers to prevent costly upgrades mandated by the Clean Air Act. The university is in process of installing a large geothermal system, what the U.S. Department of Energy is calling the "nation's largest geothermal heating and cooling system, and continues to operate three natural-gas-fired boilers.
Harvard U Debuts Thermal Biomass System
Using sustainably-harvested wood from its 3,700-acre Harvard Forest, the new, high-efficiency boilers provide heat to five nearby buildings. University researchers are studying the greenhouse gas emission impacts of using the sustainably-harvested wood from their managed forest, expecting carbon emissions to go down.
North Carolina State U Begins Collection of Used Oil
A recent partnership between University Housing and the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling resulted in Cease the Grease, an effort to collect used cooking oil from two residential areas, which will then be converted into biodiesel fuel.
Four Virginia Colleges Announce 100% Renewable Electricity
Coordinated by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, Hollins University, Emory & Henry College, Lynchburg College, Randolph College and Sweet Briar College have entered into agreements to provide the schools with electricity produced from landfill gas.
Stonehill College to Construct 2.7MW Solar Farm
The new contract for a 15-acre, 2.7-megawatt photovoltaic array will offset the university's carbon emissions, save money, help build a culture of sustainability on campus, and is tied in with the college’s Catholic ethos.
U California Riverside to Install 3MW Solar System
Supporting the system-wide University Policy on Sustainable Practices, which calls on each campus to contribute to the production of up to 10-megawatts of on-site renewable power by 2014, the university will install the three-megawatt, 10-acre system in summer 2014.
U California Merced to Double Solar Electricity
In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2020, the university recently announced plans to double its photovoltaic installations from one megawatt to two megawatts using 11 campus buildings and the chancellor's residence.
U California Davis to Open Biodigester
Set to begin working in January 2014 and after eight years of research, the university will open an anaerobic digester that converts pre- and post-consumer food from the dining halls into electricity for campus.
Oregon Tech to Connect Solar Array
(U.S.): Working toward its climate action plan, the soon-to-be-connected array of 7,800 panels will provide approximately 26 percent of the college's energy and covers nine acres.
ORT Hermelin Academic College of Eng & Tech to Become Microgrid
(Israel): The college president announced plans recently to transform the campus into a self-sustainable island to demonstrate how a smart electricity microgrid can successfully deliver energy to consumers when they need it and without power failures or extraneous costs.