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.
Case Western Reserve U to Divest From Fossil Fuels
In a recent announcement, the president confirmed that the public side of the university's endowment portfolio is completely divested from fossil fuels exposure, and that the fossil fuel investments on the private side could take years to fully divest due to contractual obligations. Additionally, the university will not make any future investments in fossil fuel companies and in funds that include fossil fuel-related investments.
Georgia Tech Hires Inaugural VP for Infrastructure & Sustainability
The university recently announced Maria Cimilluca as the inaugural vice president for Infrastructure and Sustainability (I&S). Under Cimilluca’s leadership, the newly created unit will continue to evolve and improve Georgia Tech’s physical environment, which spans more than 400 acres in midtown Atlanta. This role is responsible for leading the institute’s campus sustainability plans as well as the design, planning and operations of the campus infrastructure.
Ohio State U to Create Path for Debt-Free Bachelor Degree
The university recently announced an initiative to offer students a path to graduate debt-free, through scholarships, work opportunities that allow students to gain experience while earning a paycheck, grant assistance, and coaching on financial education, leadership and work skills.
U Sussex to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics
(U.K.) The university recently committed to eliminating avoidable single-use plastics from catering, stationery, laboratories, residence halls, offices and events by 2025. Where the use of plastics is unavoidable, the university has pledged to encourage the use of recycled plastics, and support manufacturers that make products from locally sourced waste plastics.
London School Economics Becomes Carbon Neutral Verified
(U.K.) The London School of Economics and Political Science recently announced carbon neutrality that was independently verified for the academic year 2020/21, for all its measured emissions. This was accomplished by a range of energy efficiency, and by procuring all the electricity from 100 percent renewable sources since 2009.
Iowa State U Approves 900 KW Solar Farm
The Iowa board of regents recently approved a motion to proceed with the development of a 900-kilowatt solar farm. Under the public-private partnership, Iowa State will receive renewable energy credits generated by the solar farm, which will offset a portion of the university’s annual carbon emissions.