U Manchester Enters Solar Electricity Purchase Agreement

(U.K.) The university recently signed a corporate power purchase agreement for up to 65 percent of its electricity demand to be supplied from a large-scale solar farm comprising 175 acres. The university will purchase approximately 80 percent of the electricity for a decade from the project.

Santa Clara U Publishes Sustainability & Justice Action Plan

The university's new plan, Sustainable SCU: Leading Through Laudato Si', includes five key areas–academics, campus engagement, community engagement, energy, and resource use. Differing from previous plans, this one seeks to integrate the principles of environmental and social justice into university efforts.

Dartmouth College Announces Climate Collaborative

The Dartmouth Climate Collaborative is comprehensive program to address climate change through academic enterprises, campus operations and community engagement. As part of the initiative, the university will invest over $500 million over five years in improvements to campus infrastructure. It also launched the Climate Futures Initiative, a year-long effort to identify opportunities to drive climate scholarship and solutions.

Nine HEIs Sign Solar PPA

Davidson College, Dickinson College, Elon University, Haverford College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, Swarthmore College and Wake Forest University have co-signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for power produced by a new 150-megawatt solar facility to be located in Kentucky.

U Connecticut Publishes Sustainability Action Plan

The recently published UConn Sustainability Action Plan delineates specific actions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 with the goal of being entirely carbon zero by 2040, conserve resources, integrate sustainability across the university’s academic and research activities, ensure equity and engagement, and establish partnerships and support innovation to address sustainability challenges.