A 100 kilowatt wind turbine now decorates the Alfred skyline.
The newest member of Alfred State’s growing renewable energy family is currently catching the breeze above campus — a 100 kilowatt grid-tied wind turbine that will offset some of the college’s electricity usage. The turbine came online just a few weeks ago and is already producing clean, green energy.
“This community wind project is another example of sustainability at the college and highlights the progress of our Center for Renewable Energy,” says Craig Clark, interim vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State.
The wind project has been 14 months in the making — an initiative made possible through grants from both the Appalachian Regional Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which together provided more than 50 percent of the funding.
“The project will not only produce energy for the campus but also expose students to another wind turbine on campus,” Clark says. In fact, one of the project’s main goals is to establish a small wind laboratory for students within already existing programs, offering them even more hands-on experience with green technologies. “This knowledge will increase industry demand for these graduates,” he says.
Sustainability is quickly emerging as one of the defining challenges of the 21st century in areas such as renewable energy, green building, sustainable agriculture, and hybrid and electric vehicles. That being said, it comes as no surprise that SUNY’s extensive commitment to sustainability is highlighted through Alfred State College’s participation in the “Green Grand Prix” — and subsequently showcased on the popular AOL blog Translogic.
Alfred State’s Automotive Trades Associate Professor and Chair Kent Johnson takes a ride in the Honda Insight with Bradley Hasemeyer of Translogic and shows viewers how his experienced automotive technology students created an 88 MPG car. Click past the jump to watch!
UB students will have the chance to explore entrepreneurship and sustainability through two new Undergraduate Academies— living and learning communities that enable students with common interests to live together and share meaningful experiences throughout their college years.
The two Undergraduate Academies bring the total number at UB to five. The other three, all launched since 2007, focus on civic engagement, global perspectives and research exploration.
Members of each academy will enjoy such opportunities as exclusive seminars and networking events, all relating to their academy’s central theme. Participants in the Entrepreneurship Academy, for instance, will meet and work with entrepreneurs in Western New York, develop plans for entrepreneurial endeavors and analyze different styles of entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship. The Sustainability Academy will focus not only on traditional environmental concerns, but on social equity and economic progress as well.
The Entrepreneurship Academy launched this fall with about 40 freshmen, and the Sustainability Academy will enroll its first class in fall 2013. Each of the two new academies builds on themes that UB and its students have increasingly emphasized in recent years.
Together, the academies will serve about 560 students this year, with the number rising in 2013 after the Sustainability Academy launches.
UB celebrated the opening of The Solar Strand, its newest sustainability initiative, on Monday, April 23, 2012. Funded by the New York Power Authority and designed by renowned landscape architect Walter Hood, The Solar Strand comprises 3,200 panels stretching for a quarter mile along Flint Road on the North Campus.
The strand’s significance lies in the fact that it merges sustainability with technology, beauty and public engagement. In coming years, the array and surrounding landscape will serve as a classroom and research site for undergraduates and a field trip destination for K-12 pupils.
The installation, a work of landscape art and a gateway to the university, has a maximum rated capacity of 750 kilowatts—enough to power hundreds of student apartments, or even William R. Greiner Hall, SUNY’s first LEED gold-designed student residence hall. The building is packed with such green features as high-efficiency lighting, low-flow faucets and laundry-room counters made from recycled Tide bottles.