A new breed of American energy colleges and universities: efforts to conserve energy and explore alternative power sources reflect the greening megatrend on campuses today.
FOR ALL OF THE HUMAN suffering and economic pain inflicted by the Middle East wars and the skyrocketing petroleum costs around the world, there is a glimmer of hope on America's energy horizon--that is, America's colleges and universities are increasingly joining the race to explore renewable and alternative energy sources.
Remarkably, this new breed of energy colleges and universities has witnessed a virtual renaissance in energy exploration, process, and logistics. We are now seeing U.S. research universities partner with major energy providers to further energy exploration and yield as well as decrease production, refinement, and distribution costs distribution costs distribute npl → Vertriebskosten pl . A scan of the academic energy environment provides an encouraging picture of higher education energy corridors now forming from the northeast to the southwest corners of the nation.
A POCKET OF GREEN
Consider the area around Niagara Falls, N.Y. It was the first region in the United States to harbor community-based energy sources. In the "City of Light," as Buffalo is known, the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Power Authority has a 50-year successful track record of operating one of the nation's most efficient hydroelectric plants. Now, the power plant is forming a partnership with an ethanol plant and undertaking cogeneration initiatives to better meet the needs of the western part of the state.
Nearby, Niagara County Community College Niagara County Community College is located in Sanborn, New York, USA northeast of the City of Niagara Falls. NCCC offers associate's degrees in many programs.
Niagara County Community College was founded in 1962 and is sponsored by Niagara County and SUNY. is exploring the development of new corporate and public sector utility courses and training programs as part of its long-range strategic plan. Significantly, NCCC's energy-related aspirations are focused on the several critical fields of renewable energy, alternative power, and environmental studies.
For its part, the University at Buffalo is offering courses in environmental studies and alternative energy systems that provide students with new core knowledge and energy-industry-specific competencies for assessing energy efficiency and environmental impact in the workplace.
In response to increased energy costs, Nassau Community College Nassau Community College (NCC) is a two-year college. It is located in East Garden City, New York. The school is in Nassau County on Long Island. Nassau Community College is the largest two-year college in New York, with 20,000 students, and offers a large variety of programs. (N.Y.) is exploring the development of mission-complementary partnerships with local museums and hospitals to create an energy district that would recapture waste energy from local industrial sites. Ezra Delaney, vice president of administration and planning, says, "Colleges and universities must develop energy partnerships to gain necessary economies of scale, efficiencies in operations, and nonduplication of energy generation and development."
With gas prices on and off campus hovering between $3 and $4 per gallon in the spring 2006 semester, college and university faculty and students planned summer field trips and academic practica focused on developing renewable energy sources and solutions to bring back to campus in the fall.
By way of example, consider the renewable energy exploration of State University of New York (body) State University of New York - (SUNY) The public university system of New York State, USA, with campuses throughout the state. , Canton faculty and field research students who are creating, designing, and building a solar-powered wooden boat to participate in the 2007 Solar Splash sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (body) American Society of Mechanical Engineers - (ASME) A group involved in CAD standardisation. . Beyond the interest to students, SUNY SUNY - State University of New York faculty are applying their practical research skills to out-of-classroom projects like power-plant operations, wind monitoring, and alternative energy sources.
As well, other Northeast colleges are discovering creative means to meet their current energy needs. Just consider Green Mountain College Green Mountain College is a coeducational private liberal arts college located in Poultney, Vermont, in the USA.
The College bills itself as Vermont's Environmental Liberal Arts College (Vt.). This tuition-dependent private college reportedly gets a significant part of its electricity from companies that run generators powered by methane gas extracted from cow manure. You heard that right: Cow poop Poop
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Higher ed insiders are beginning to perceive a national greening megatrend that is not likely to reverse itself--producing greener campuses and providing a halo effect halo effect The beneficial effect of a physician or other health care provider on a Pt during a medical encounter, regardless of the therapy or procedure provided. See Hawthorne effect, Placebo effect, Physician invincibility syndrome. in transforming today's energy knowledge towns into college towns before our eyes.
Last year as we traveled through the West, we came upon bumper stickers on Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators that said: Burn a gallon and freeze a Yankee. The difference is that this year we saw Toyota hybrids with a variety of energy conservation messages.
Take for example, Gillette College in northern Wyoming. Known for its abundance of coal and methane energy sources, Gillette area mines produce nearly 30 percent of the coal-powered American energy plants. Significantly, northern Wyoming also stands out for its contribution to the state's unique revenue surplus--a surplus shared for the betterment of Wyoming public higher education.
Over recent months, Gillette has grown under the auspices of Sheridan College and the Northern Wyoming Community College District. At Gillette College, students learn about new fuels and technologies with hands-on career preparation in engineering technology, construction, industrial trades, and other related postsecondary applied learning experiences.
These special circumstances special circumstances n. in criminal cases, particularly homicides, actions of the accused or the situation under which the crime was committed for which state statutes allow or require imposition of a more severe punishment. have positioned Gillette for several million dollars of grants and appropriated support. A newly proposed $30 million technical education center will be co-located with the campus of the new Gillette College.
At the high end of the energy research scale, leaders at the University of Wyoming UW is a national research university prominent in the fields of environment and natural resource research, specializing in agriculture, energy, geology, and water resource related fields. have created mutually profitable partnerships with the private sector energy industry, forming yet another academic energy corridor connection in the Western states.
MINES AND OIL BARRELS
No serious discussion of America's energy colleges and universities can overlook the special public research university chartered in the state of Colorado--the Colorado School of Mines--with its unique mission in mineral and material science and energy-related engineering, science, and technologies.
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in Golden, Colorado, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy, is the United States' primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. , the Colorado School of Mines Colorado School of Mines, at Golden; state supported, coeducational; chartered 1874. It was one of the first mineral engineering schools in the United States. , Colorado State University Colorado State University, at Fort Collins; land-grant with state and federal support; chartered 1870, opened 1879 as an agricultural college, assumed present name in 1957. There is a veterinary teaching hospital, an agricultural campus, and a research campus. , and the University of Colorado University of Colorado may refer to:
Speaking of gas, the neighboring states of New Mexico and Texas have among the largest known reserves of natural gas and crude oil in the lower 48 states. Venerable energy research institutions like New Mexico Tech and Texas A&M University are now leading the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America consortium of 84 universities, laboratories, companies, and associations. In collaboration with the Gas Technology Institute, this $50-million-a-year, 10-year effort will seek new ways to scrape the edges of the national oil barrel.
SUSTAINABLE BEST PRACTICES
The vast majority of U.S. higher education institutions are imagining new ways to build economically sustainable campuses and greener infrastructures. Driven by spiraling costs, government regulation, tax incentives, and grantsmanship grants·man·ship
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[grant + (game)smanship.] strategies, they are developing a broad variety of strategic alliances with community partners who have a shared interest in finding new low-cost energy solutions and just-in-time energy best practices for building sustainable campuses and communities of the future.
Turning to the Midwest, take a look at Purdue University's Energy Center at Discovery Park in West Lafayette, Ind., a special place where a multidisciplinary academic community of over 75 researchers, scientists, engineers, political scientists, and economists use applied technologies to push the envelope of coal conversion, solar energy, and renewable bioresource options.
Like the entrepreneurial mice Sniff and Scurry in Spencer Johnson's business parable Who Moved My Cheese?, American colleges and universities are finding new and ingenious ways to anticipate the winds of energy change and discover new sources of energy as an institutional legacy for the next generation of students and faculty.
From Maine to New Mexico, and from Maryland to California, major research universities, technical institutes, and even small, private liberal arts colleges It may never be fully completed or, depending on its its nature, it may be that it can never be completed. However, new and revised entries in the list are always welcome.
Liberal arts colleges are developing ingenious methods of conserving energy. These institutions are joining the contemporary gold rush to find new energy sources both on campus and especially beyond campus.
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