Arizona gets plenty of sunlight, and researchers there are working hard to turn that energy into electricity we can use. At Arizona State University, graduate students make and test new materials that will allow us to build smaller, cheaper, flexible photovoltaic solar cells that can go almost anywhere and test solar cells to see how surface shape affects the energy production of the cells.
Learn more about solar energy by exploring these other industry links and resources.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the U.S. section of the International Solar Energy Society, publisher of Solar
Today magazine and organizer of the National Solar Tour.
Find Solar, supported by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, ASES and SEPA is a resource for finding an installer near you.
SEIA state and regional chapters are a resource for local vendors and installers and educational resources.
Solar Alliance supports and tracks efforts on the state level to improve policies and incentives for solar PV adoption.
Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is a trade group representing utilities in the solar energy arena.
Solar Nation is an activist group promoting positive policies and incentives for solar energy.
Vote Solar is a non-profit dedicated to bringing solar to the mainstream with a focus on state and federal issues.
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
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Colleges & Universities with “Green” Degrees
With the intense interest in the green economy and sustainable living. Here is a sample listing of Colleges and Universities offering “Green” Degrees
Campus Sustainability Leader in national survey
by Annemarie Mountz:
Penn State has been named a national Campus Sustainability Leader and increased it’s grade in a national survey of green schools. Penn State received a B+ rating in the Green Report Card survey conducted by the Sustainability Endowments Institute. The College Sustainability Report Card is an independent evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities across North America. Penn State’s B+ rating is up from last year’s B rating. The increase is due to the University’s continuing focus on green house gas reduction and the activities of the newly formed Campus Sustainability Office (CSO). Erik Foley, CSO director, said, “This survey is primarily focused on operations, student involvement and endowment. It is a valuable recognition of Penn State’s green accomplishments and a reminder of what yet needs to be done.”
Penn State scored an A in the areas of administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, investment priorities, and green buildings. Student involvement and transportation received a B rating. Endowment transparency and shareholder engagement did less well and were also the lowest scoring areas for most colleges and universities surveyed. This year’s report compared 322 colleges and universities using 52 indicators, from green building initiatives to recycling programs to endowment investment policies, and uses an A to F letter-grading system to evaluate performance. The average rating for institutions in the Big Ten this year was B.The Green Report Card is designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example on sustainability issues. The aim is to provide accessible information so that schools may learn from each other’s experiences, thereby fostering more effective sustainability policies. Penn State has a long record of environmental activity including decades of recycling and energy efficiency initiatives.
The University has made remarkable progress toward achieving sustainability. It has announced a campus-wide goal of cutting green house gas emissions by 17.5 percent in 2012 and already has reached 15 percent. Penn State has reduced its electricity consumption by 7 percent, from the high in 2005, while adding over a million square feet of new building space. Annually the University avoids more than $10 million in energy costs thanks to the efforts of the Office of Physical Plant and individual efforts across our campuses. Penn State’s 57 percent recycling rate soars above what the EPA estimates as the national average of 35 percent.
Penn State has an array of sustainability efforts in operations, outreach, teaching, research and student affairs. The Campus Sustainability Office currently is supporting a quickly growing network of employee-based Green Teams in many university units and has launched a new Student Eco-Rep Program in the residence halls. Outreach reaches landowners, businesses and communities with many services and programs. The Center for Sustainability is advancing the teaching of sustainability and innovative applied research programs in green building, solar power and smart grids. The Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE) coordinates energy and environmental research, bringing together over 500 faculty, staff and students. Student Affairs is developing its own sustainability plan with sustainability learning outcomes for all Penn State students. (10/2010)
Arizona State University at the Tempe campus
Bates College (Lewiston ME)
Binghamton University (State Univ. of New York at Binghamton)
College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor ME)
Colorado College (Colorado Springs CO)
Dickinson College (Carlisle PA)
Evergreen State College (Olympia WA)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
Harvard College (Cambridge MA)
Middlebury College (Middlebury VT)
Northeastern University (Boston MA)
University of California – Berkeley
University of New Hampshire (Durham)
University of Washington (Seattle)
Yale University (New Haven CT)
College of the Atlantic
EARTH UniversityUniversity of British Columbia
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Johns Hopkins University
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
University of Texas–Austin
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