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.
Tufts U to Add 99KW Photovoltaic Array
(U.S.): Joining the city of Medford's effort to solarize the city, the university will install the 99-kilowatt solar system to foster environmental sustainability on the campus.
Antioch College to Gain Energy Independence
Beginning in November, the college will begin drilling 150 geothermal wells to supply heating and cooling to the college. When the approximately $8.8 million project is completed, it along with photovoltaic energy will meet 100 percent of the college's heating and cooling demand.
California State U San Bernardino Connects CHP Plant
The new 1.4-megawatt combined heat and power plant is a joint project between the university and Southern California Edison utility company. Integrated into the campus' central plant, the system is generating electricity to the utility grid with waste heat at no cost to the university.
Dalhousie U Receives 'Bright Star' Award
Efficiency Nova Scotia recently decorated the university based on 12 energy efficiency and water projects over the previous 5 years totaling a $40 million investment.
ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge Winners Announced
Hosted by the Foundation for Electrical Construction, the 2013 international competition challenged students to develop a comprehensive design and bid package for a parking garage sustainable energy retrofit. University of Washington took top prize; Penn State achieved second; and Iowa State University came in third.
Missouri State U Launches 'Green Kiosk'
The university recently purchased the energy dashboard to educate the campus community about current energy use and to capture statistical information for facilities and sustainability projects on specific buildings.
U.S. Solar Decathlon 2013 Announces Winners
(U.S.): Vienna University of Technology, a first-time U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competitor, took first place overall in the international competition whose design philosophy was guided by differing climes and lifestyles. University of Las Vegas Nevada won second and Czech Technical University placed third.
Atlantic Cape CC Completes 2.2MW Photovoltaic Project
The recently dedicated project includes more than 2,000 panels and spans four parking lots. The monitored system is projected to provide enough energy for approximately 220 homes and will be used as a teaching tool for students.
Bowdoin College Proposes 1.3MW Solar Installation
The 1.3-megawatt photovoltaic installation, which is projected to supply approximately eight percent of the college's annual electricity usage, is proposed to be built atop two athletic facilities and include a 127-acre ground mounted installation.
Cornell U, Texas A&M U Win 2013 Global Climate Award
The recently-won award recognized these universities for their achievements in providing clean, sustainable energy solutions through its on-campus combined heat and power system. The award's focus was on identifying and recognizing systems that illustrate the overall importance of district energy (heating & cooling) in providing sustainable energy solutions, providing a global benchmark for environmental excellence, and offering a platform for sharing successful ideas and encourage further interest in district energy.
Sullivan County CC to Install 2MW Photovoltaic Array
Made possible by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, a power purchase agreement has been signed to construct a two-megawatt solar plant on nine acres of campus beginning in 2014. The array is projected to generate approximately 60 percent of the college's annual electricity consumption.
Virginia Tech Installs Solar-Powered Bus Shelter
To address the difficulty of running power lines to the shelter, which sits atop a steam tunnel, the university and local transit authority identified battery-banked solar power as a good solution.
Castleton State College Erects Wind Turbines
The four newly installed one-kilowatt micro-wind turbines on the college's Hoff Hall are installed with a 29-kilowatt solar array. The system is designed to be a hybrid system with solar generation happening during the day and wind energy generation occurring at night.
Colgate U to Install Solar Thermal System
In an attempt to lessen the university's use of number 2 heating oil, which is dirty and costly, one of 16 residence halls will soon have 12 solar panels that heat water from the sun for domestic uses in bathrooms and kitchens.