Brigham Young U Hawaii Completes Solar Energy Plus Battery Installation
The recently completed photovoltaic energy system that includes three rooftop and five carport installations plus battery storage is projected to meet approximately 39 percent of the university's energy needs annually. The university financed the project through a 20-year power purchase agreement.
Stanford U Renews STARS Platinum Rating
Points of distinction in Stanford University's recently published STARS Platinum report include its new School of Sustainability, which merges several existing schools and departments and is anticipated to hire 60 new faculty over the next 10 years; its zero waste by 2030 initiative; and the One Plate, One Planet dining program, which seeks to support climate-smart dining, racial equity, and thriving oceans while curbing deforestation and catalyzing a circular economy within the food system
U California Merced Earns STARS Platinum
Points of distinction in the University of California, Merced's recently published STARS report, earning the institution its inaugural STARS Platinum rating, include achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions for scopes 1 and 2, and the completion of 11 campus facilities, each of which was certified to LEED Platinum standards.
Bowdoin College Releases Decarbonization Plan
The college's recently released clean-energy plan calls for investing a minimum of $100 million in campus infrastructure between now and 2037 with the goal of utilizing carbon-free clean energy by 2042. Additionally, the plan builds on existing academic, research, curriculum and career-training opportunities to advance student and faculty learning and innovation in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability.
U Maine to Divest From Fossil Fuel Holdings
In mid-May, the investment committee for the system's board of trustees approved a two-step plan to fully divest from fossil fuels by 2030—starting with the elimination of all direct fossil fuel holdings by the end of May.