American U Removes Smokestacks
During winter break, two 100-foot smokestacks at American University that were part of the AU campus skyline for more than 60 years were removed. This is the final step in the university’s conversion to a low-temperature hot water heating system that is projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 40 percent.
U Albany Adopts Official Land Acknowledgement
The University at Albany, part of the State University of NY system, has adopted an official land acknowledgment that recognizes the homelands of the Kanien’keháka and Muh-he-con-neok people upon which the campus resides.
U Indonesia Publishes GreenMetric World University Rankings
Universitas Indonesia has published the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings 2021, which are based on 6 dimensions of sustainability: setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation and education. Wageningen University & Research was ranked first among the 956 universities from 80 countries that submitted data.
U Maine Presque Isle to Install 377KW Photovoltaic Array
Currently under construction is a 377-kilowatt, grid-connected solar array that once completed is estimated to save the university about $42,000 in electricity costs per year. A unique aspect of the modules being used is that they are bifacial panels, meaning the back sides of the panels capture reflected sunlight from the ground, which results in about an 8 percent increase in energy generated.