The Dernogalizer

November 30, 2009

Colleges Going Green

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 4:38 pm
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I’m going to occasionally post a round up of some notable campus environmental stories to highlight steps being taken by universities around the country to reduce their environmental impact.  Here’s a few neat ones below.

University of Arizona opens bike share program

“The program, in its second week, currently has 10 cruiser bikes, five at Tyndall Avenue Garage and fice at Sixth Street garage. Organizers started the program small so they could work out any problems, said Bill Davidson, marketing specialist for Parking and Transportation Services. The program is free for students, faculty and staff.”

“Davidson said the cost of the program is about $3,000 to $4,000, which includes the purchase of the bikes, the bike racks and the bike locks.”

Pennsylvannia College of Tech expands Weatherization Center

“The facility now has two dedicated, multimedia-equipped classrooms; two similarly equipped classrooms that can be used for training purposes; a weatherization tactics lab; a weatherization diagnostics and energy conservation lab; and office space for instructors and support staff.

Before the expansion, the center trained 250 to 350 people per year, and now it is expected to exceed 1,000 men and women in the coming year, college officials said.”

Unity College Students weatherize community homes

“On November 7 and 14, Unity College students and faculty paired up with members of the community to help weatherize homes in the Unity area. This program is called Neighbors Warming Neighbors and is sponsored by the Unity Barn Raisers. The goal of this project is to help community members support themselves through the winter season, as well as reduce the carbon footprint of the town. Teams of four or five were sent out with weatherization kits specific to the houses they would be working on. On average, each team worked on two houses. The team left the homeowner with additional supplies if needed, suggestions on what else they could, and a blanket.

Over the two days, roughly two dozen homes were weatherized.”

Texas State University St. Marcos converts physical fitness to renewable energy

“The retrofitting of 30 elliptical machines in the Student Recreation Center will give the equipment the capability of converting exercise into renewable energy, connecting it to the university power grid. The unveiling of the retrofitted machines will take place Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in the SRC, making Texas State the first university in the state to generate electricity in sucha way, and making it the largest of its kind in the world.”

Eastern Illinois Univ to Replace Coal with Biomass

“Honeywell today announced a $79 million renewable energy and building retrofit program with Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. The program, which combines energy-efficient facility upgrades with one of the largest biomass-fueled heating plants on a university campus, will help EIU address deferred maintenance, improve its infrastructure, and save approximately $140 million in energy and operating costs over the next two decades.

EIU will finance the improvements and use the savings, guaranteed by Honeywell through a 20-year performance contract, to pay for the work. As a result, the program will not place a burden on the university’s budget or require additional taxpayer dollars or student fees.”

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