California Universities Launch Experiment To Go Carbon-Neutral ‘At Scale’

Read the full story from UCLA.

What does it look like when a university decides to walk the walk as well as talk the talk on climate change? The University of California system — which encompasses 10 university campuses and two national scientific research laboratories — is about to find out.

Ribbon-cutting for UI’s ‘solar farm’ set for this morning

Read the full story in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette.

A solar installation three years in the making is up and running at the University of Illinois, with an official ribbon-cutting and public tours scheduled this morning.

Three Student Winners Selected for IAC Video Contest

The Industrial Assessment Centers program, administered through the Advanced Manufacturing Office, recently selected two winners, and one honorable mention for creativity, from its student video contest held earlier this summer. Students were asked to create a five minute instructional video that identified industrial energy efficiency system improvements and opportunities.

The student winners hailed from Tennessee Technological University, Syracuse University, and the University of Idaho Boise.

Click here to view the winning student videos.

Breaking down the campus food revolution

Read the full story in The Manitoban.

Many competing interests drive the food system at the University of Manitoba. Here the Manitoban attempts to break down some of the complexities of competing interests and concerns, barriers, and drivers of what has been called the “campus food revolution.”

EPA Seeking Young Adults to Serve on National Environmental Justice Council Work Group on Climate Justice

EPA is seeking young adults, ages 18 to 29, who are involved in climate change efforts and/or advocacy, to participate on this “first of its kind” youth-led advisory work group to assist the National Environmental Justice Council (NEJAC) in developing advice and recommendations to assist EPA in developing best practices to address climate change concerns. EPA recognizes the key role that youth play in bringing awareness to climate change and offering solutions to transform our societies toward a low-carbon and climate resilient future. It is essential that youth have a seat at the table and help inform the hard decisions that must be made that affect so many. Thus, the formation of the NEJAC Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group seeks to include young people in assisting EPA in addressing climate change concerns.

The work group will explore several issues, including:

  • How can EPA effectively engage with youth on climate change and adaptation planning using new resources and tools designed to help communities become more resilient and better protect themselves from the impacts of climate change?
  • What activities and mechanisms (e.g., policy, guidance, or protocol) should EPA consider to authentically engage and work collaboratively with youth, and other interested stakeholders, to identify and address climate change impacts on overburdened and vulnerable communities?
  • What best practices, including efforts to address the compounding health vulnerabilities brought on by climate change, can be provided using youth driven projects from across the United States from which results-oriented recommendations can be drawn?

Applications are due November 30, 2015

The NEJAC Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group will be convened in January 2016. We anticipate that the work group will conduct its business primarily through bimonthly teleconference calls. This work group may meet face-to-face once annually. The average workload for the members is approximately four to five hours per month, which represents a rough estimate of the time members will spend in teleconference calls and reviewing relevant documents.We are looking forward to working with a geographically diverse group of emerging thought leaders in the climate change space.

Apply now for the new “Climate Justice Youth Work Group.” Your Voice Matters!

For capstone class, Creighton students analyze energy efficiency of Omaha Archdiocese schools

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Crouching on the roof of the 51-year-old Roncalli Catholic High School building, Sam Rosol holds out a blue device to take a selfie. Not a picture of himself but a sun selfie — measuring the sun’s orientation to find the perfect spot for south-facing solar panels.

Once Rosol takes the fish-eye photo and inputs the GPS location with the time and date taken, the software in the handheld shade measurement tool calculates the potential shadows over the course of a year from obstructions such as trees and buildings.

Rosol and his three fellow Creighton University student partners will use the data to analyze the building’s energy efficiency and suggest ways to save money.

The students are one of four groups conducting energy audits this year at Omaha Archdiocese schools, including Holy Name, St. Wenceslaus and the Jesuit Academy. The project is part of a capstone course in the Energy Technology Program at Creighton.

Why universities and industry should collaborate on climate change

Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor.

When nations send negotiators to Paris in December for global climate talks under the UN Framework on Climate Change,  they have an enormous opportunity — and imperative — to develop a strong international accord. To achieve the dramatic global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change, world leaders will need to put the full force of policy and dedicated resources behind their national commitments. They should also employ an approach we at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), MIT’s multidisciplinary energy research and education hub, believe is crucial: engagement with industry on research and commercialization of technologies vital to transforming today’s energy systems.