OneEnergy Renewables Announces 2013 Energy Scholars Class
OneEnergy Renewables, a developer of large-scale clean energy projects, announced its 2013 OneEnergy Scholars class at NetImpact 2012, the premier event for students and professionals using their careers for good. The OneEnergy Scholars program accelerates the careers of high potential individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and vision in the field of renewable energy.
Western, Mayo, Hillview plan greenhouse on Ivy Motel site
Sustainable urban agriculture could soon take root in downtown La Crosse, thanks to a creative solution by a community partnership. Western Technical College, Hillview Urban Agriculture Center and Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare announced Monday that they are teaming up to create the the Urban Landscape and Agriculture Center at Seventh and Vine streets. The greenhouse, which will occupy WTC’s former Ivy Motel residence hall, will lease its space to HUAC at a reduced rate.
Energy Channel debuts on campus cable
If you live on campus, you might have noticed that you have a new channel on your TV. This one’s airing a different kind of reality show. The Energy Channel, channel 5, is currently showing on TVs in the lobbies of residential buildings across campus. The channel currently displays bar graphs showing the energy use of some of the suite-style buildings on campus over various lengths of time, including a single day, a week, and a month. Dr. Steve Hovan, of the Department of Geoscience, and Dr. Jack Makara, of the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining, were the ones who came up with the idea of monitoring energy use in residence halls. The goal of the project is to increase residential students’ awareness of their energy impact, while reducing energy consumption in the residence halls and promoting a lasting awareness among students of energy conservation and sustainability. So far, the channel is getting data from five of the eight suite-style buildings on campus. By the end of the semester, they hope to have data from all eight suite-style buildings.
Friday Night Lights Program to save energy, utility costs
The University of Toledo is taking another step toward environmental sustainability as turning off unneeded lights becomes a new priority. Two student organizations, Engineers Without Borders and the Society for Environmental Education, have teamed up with Brooke Mason, UT interim sustainability specialist, to create the Friday Night Lights Program. Students involved will spend their Friday nights turning out lights on campus that would be left on over the weekend.
University of Michigan celebrates bike week after installing pump and service stations on campus
U-M recently installed two bicycle tire pumps and a repair stand on campus and this week students, dubbed bike ambassadors, will be at the stands from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to help people with their bike problems.
Plans to cultivate on-campus garden approved
The Tallahassee Sustainability Group (TSG) is spearheading a plan to build and maintain an on-campus garden at Florida State.
CEFIA to Loan $1 Million for College Energy Efficiency Program
Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) is lending $1 million for “Campus Efficiency Now”, a new program aimed at advancing energy efficiency and promoting cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy for Connecticut’s independent colleges.
UC Berkeley researchers, community team up to eliminate toxic chemicals
UC Berkeley researchers are teaming up with local organizations to plant thousands of ferns in a South Berkeley lot in an effort to extricate toxic chemicals and eventually create a new haven of green gardens. The project, spearheaded by the campus department of environmental science and the citywide nonprofit organization Berkeley Partners for Parks, will experiment with pteris vittata, also known as the Chinese brake — a specialized fern known to extract a thousand times more arsenic from the soil than a typical plant. If successful, the city will then transform the area into a greenway lined with bicycle paths and trees.