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10 Interesting Sustainability Practices in Colleges

This post provides highlights on some green initiatives and some sustainable pratices undertaken by colleges across the globe..
  • Harvard University (MA) dormitories, students turned off their computers, lights, appliances and heat before leaving campus for the Thanksgiving holiday. Students saved about 329,000 kilowatt hours of electrical energy, which is equivalent to the amount needed to power 5.5 million standard incandescent 60-watt light bulbs for one hour – Link
  • The University of Ohio uses Computer Management Software that  shuts down computers when they are not in use. It has saved the  university 15,150,000 kilowatt hours and 15,000 tons of CO2, which  makes up 45% of their total computer energy use – More energy efficiency initiatives.. 
  • The Massachusetts Maritime Academy installed  a 660 kW turbine in June 2006 which produces over 1 million kWh a year and saves the school $160,000 annually. In its first fifteen months of  operation, 690 tons of CO2 were avoided. An online monitor shows daily, monthly, and yearly totals of power produced. Link
  • St. Olaf College (MN) erected a grant-funded commercial-scale 1.6 MW wind turbine on campus farmland, which produces approximately 6 million kWh of electricity each year, replaces one third of the school’s energy needs, and saves $300,000 in utility costs – Link
  • The University of Vermont has installed a small-scale 10 kilowatt wind turbine which is expected to generate 3,000-5,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year – Link
  • The University of Iowa students have come up the way of using  waste product from a nearby Quaker Oats   factory (oat hulls) to mix in with coal before  it is burned. Using a circulating fluidized bed model,  the oat hulls replace half of the coal in a boiler, cutting   $750,000 in fuel costs and 20,000 tons of GHG emissions   per year – Link
  • Students at Appalachian State University (NC)  voted to pay $5 per semester to build a “closed-  loop” processing system to make biodiesel that   uses solar-thermal and PV systems to supply all  necessary electricity and hot water needs, as well   as a greenhouse with aquatic habitats to treat  wastewater. The 80-gallon processor converts   waste vegetable oil to biodiesel and the finished product is blended with regular diesel (20% is biodiesel) and used in campus vehicles- Link
  • The University of Michigan is taking steps to reduce paper consumption by starting a student project that is turning discarded paper printed on one side into 100-page notebooks. Each notebook is bound with a cover made from a cereal box which is being supplied by empty cereal boxes from residence halls – Link
  • University of California, Santa Barbara received the LEED  Platinum award for new construction for the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. The new
  • laboratory building saves the university $50,000 in typical energy costs and prevents 275 tons of CO2 emissions per year. Link
  • Connecticut College has a composting system on campus which redirects 500 pounds of waste daily and was made possible by a $25,000 donation from an alumnus – Link

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