The Dernogalizer

February 5, 2010

News on College Sustainability Efforts

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 7:06 pm

Ever so often I like to include updates I’ve gotten on steps taken by campuses all around the country to go green.  Here are some recent ones!

College Advancing Renewable Degree: “Morrisville State College is coming up with some innovative projects to ensure it lessens its environmental impact.  After receiving a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the college created a Renewable Energy Training Center and with that, a new associate’s degree in renewable energy technology”

New Sustainable Foods Program: “Learning, farming and buying local combine with green living in John Wood Community College’s newly developed sustainable local foods farming program.  Developed in coordination with the University of Illinois Extension, JWCC created the certificate program to respond to a community need identified by the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force and supported by grocers like County Market.”

students fund green projects on Vermont campus: “Green Mountain College (VT) students have chosen 15 student proposals to fund with their Student Campus Greening Fund. The money is generated through a $30 allocation per student from the annual activity fee and allows student proposals to be funded annually. This year projects included a $10,000 software development to provide the campus with live energy monitoring.”

Rochester Institute of Technology has new LEED Platinum building:

  • 48.6 percent energy cost reduction over industry standards for heating and cooling efficiency
  • 43 percent reduction in water usage over national requirements for fixture performance
  • 35 percent of the building’s electricity is supplied from renewable sources, including on-site solar photovoltaic panels
  • 33 percent recycled content of materials used in facility’s operation

Sweet Briar College Students Build Biodiesel Processing Plant: “Dining services is donating the approximately 50 gallons of spent cooking oil that it generates each month. According to the engineering team, about 95 percent of that will become biodiesel, a yield of about 40 gallons of fuel that will be mixed with the standard diesel used in physical plant vehicles. At current diesel prices, the College should realize a savings of $120 a month in fuel costs.”

Southwestern U to get 100% wind power: “Southwestern University (TX) has signed an agreement with the City of Georgetown that will enable the institution to meet all of its electric needs with wind power for the next 18 years. Wind-generated power will be provided by the City of Georgetown through an agreement with AEP Energy Partners, a subsidiary of American Electric Power. The electricity will come from the Southwest Mesa and South Trent Wind Farms in West Texas. These two wind farms have a total of 151 wind turbines, each of which can generate between 0.7 to 2.3 megawatts of electricity.”

Colorado State U with 2 MW Solar Plant: “Colorado State University has dedicated a two-megawatt operation that will help keep the University’s utility rates stable and affordable during the next 20 years. The solar power plant, owned and operated by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, features more than 8,000 panels that cover 15 acres of the University’s Foothills Campus. The panels rotate to track the sun’s movement. The project received a rebate to offset construction costs.”

University of Georgia approves student green fee: “At his annual State of the University address, University President Michael Adams announced he would accept the recommendation to impose a $3 “green fee” to fund an Office of Sustainability on campus.”


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