Sustainability

Charging Station at Temple University

Temple University (Pa.) is the latest campus to install Solar Dok picnic tables from EnerFusion. The tables, which are made from recycled plastic and cost $10,495 each (plus shipping), have built-in solar panels that provide a place to recharge numerous types of mobile devices while socializing.

Power Player

There were no ribbon cuttings to mark the opening of the largest fuel cell operating on any Northeast college campus. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Central Connecticut State University President Jack Miller instead used a pair of wire cutters to snip a large power supply cord during a recent “power cutting” ceremony to recognize installation of the 1.4 megawatt fuel cell power plant.

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UConn, Yale, Greenest Campuses, Sierra Magazine Survey

Want to find a green campus in your own backyard? The University of Connecticut and Yale University were just named among the 10 greenest schools in the country, according to a Sierra magazine survey released Tuesday.

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End of Va. Tech trees leaves splintered feelings

About 15 people gathered on the edge of Virginia Tech's controversial Stadium Woods to commemorate the cutting of one of the forest fragment's several dozen large oaks, some of which are estimated to be more than 300 years old.

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Purdue Power Plant Changes Near Final Approval By State

A $33 million plan to cut coal use and improve power across Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus is nearing final approval from the state.

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Money Helps Miss. Colleges Cut Energy Usage

Mississippi's eight public universities will share in a $725,000 Department of Energy grant to develop programs to reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2020.

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Gilbane Awarded $98 Million Science Facility by The Ohio State University

Gilbane Building Company has been selected to provide construction management services for OSU’s new Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building

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Calvin College Receives $375,622 State Grant To Help Clean Up Plaster Creek

Calvin College has received a $375,622 state grant to strengthen cleanup efforts in the Plaster Creek watershed, long one of the region’s most polluted streams.

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It's Electric

The University of Utah will launch a fleet of electric buses this fall to shuttle some 47,000 students, staff, and administrators around its 1,500-acre campus. Forty buses, similar to the one pictured here, have been ordered from BYD, a Chinese company that is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles. The drawback to electric buses in the past has been battery weight. But the BYD buses use a much lighter rechargeable battery, so they can carry more passengers.

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