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Universities, EPA Work to Cool Heat Islands

9/30/2008 // By NWF

By Ryan Newhouse If only all islands could be like those in a Jimmy Buffet song: warm, sunny, uncrowded and relaxed. Unfortunately, a new kind of island—while it usually qualifies as warm—is anything but peaceful. These smog-inducing, weather-changing islands are […] Read more >

The “Demand” Response—Training Wheels to Energy Efficiency

9/30/2008 // By NWF

American universities and colleges, much like commercial and industrial facilities, are often poorly equipped to assess their own energy use. Less than one percent has any sort of real-time monitoring system. “It’s like getting your phone bill and not being […] Read more >

Universities Lead the Charge to Mine the Heat Beneath our Feet

9/30/2008 // By NWF

Within the next year, the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls hopes to break ground on a project that would tap one of the most promising, and overlooked, forms of renewable power: geothermal energy—the free heat that emanates from […] Read more >

Loyola Brews Up a New Model for Sustainability Courses

9/30/2008 // By NWF

On the shores of Lake Michigan, just north of downtown Chicago, something special is happening at Loyola University. As they enter the third semester of the Solutions to Environmental Problems course (STEP), a team of faculty and students is discovering […] Read more >

Butte College Going Carbon Neutral without the Credits

9/30/2008 // By NWF

In 2005 Butte College flipped the switch and turned its campus on to solar power; just one in a series of efforts that the community college of 20,500 students has undertaken to be carbon neutral by 2015 (without relying on […] Read more >

Captured Heat Makes Rowan University Richer and Greener

9/16/2008 // By NWF

Rowan University, located in Glassboro, New Jersey, is a school with a mission: to unite its staff and students in the campus-wide goal of achieving climate neutrality as soon as possible. Though it has implemented many innovative green measures in […] Read more >

USF Sows the SEEDS of Renewable Energy Storage

9/16/2008 // By NWF

Electricity storage is fast becoming the holy grail of sustainable energy. The performance of solar panels is intermittent, with panels functioning optimally on sunny days, marginally when it is overcast, and not at all when it is dark. Similarly, wind […] Read more >

Students Reach Out to Local Businesses, Reduce Pollution

9/16/2008 // By NWF

Opportunities are on the rise for students interested in preventing pollution, improving air quality, and pioneering sustainable technologies in their communities. University campuses, long considered hubs of innovation, are beginning to incorporate technological centers which aim to help local businesses, […] Read more >

LEED: Prioritizing Energy Efficiency

9/7/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the first and largest certifier of green building, is by now familiar to anyone who works with buildings or campus planning. Another LEED (for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building is registered, completed, […] Read more >

College of the Atlantic Aims for the Triple Bottom Line

8/28/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

When businesses go green, they do it for reasons ranging from profit and good PR to reliable supply chains and genuine concern for the environment. Examples of individual companies taking action are plentiful at sites such as GreenBiz, Treehugger, and […] Read more >