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2013 Climate Leadership Award
The Climate Leadership Awards are presented annually to colleges and universities whose leaders have signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. To be eligible for the award, institutions must demonstrate innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability and climate mitigation and adaption, says David Hales, president of Second Nature.
Missouri S&T was one of 20 finalists for the 2013 Climate Leadership Awards. S&T was selected for its pragmatic approaches to sustainable energy use. Specifically, the campus was cited for two initiatives:
- The S&T Solar Village, a living laboratory of four solar-powered homes built to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in past years. Currently occupied by faculty and students, the homes operate on their own solar energy grid, feature sustainable building practices and feed into a prototype community solar storage bank.
- A comprehensive geothermal energy project, which will supply energy and chilled water to much of the campus when completed in 2014. The system, which will replace Missouri S&T’s 60-year-old power plant, is expected to save more than $1 million in energy and operational costs annually. It will include approximately 700 wells with pipes creating closed geothermal loops to serve four campus geothermal plants that will provide energy to the campus.
- Written in a University Press Release by Andrew Carega