Hollins and 14 other private nonprofit colleges in Virginia will engage in a three-year program designed to help them navigate the complex legal, regulatory, and technical challenges associated with installing solar systems, leverage group purchasing power to achieve price reductions for hardware and installation services, and create a learning network accessible by other organizations considering solar power.
The guide praises Hollins for “leading the sustainability charge for quite some time.”
Hollins, Emory & Henry, Lynchburg, Randolph, and Sweet Briar are partnering with Collegiate Clean Energy to convert methane emissions from landfills into environmentally friendly energy for their institutions.
The university is joining with Community Housing Partners to complete an energy efficiency retrofit of Barbee Guest House. The work is supported by a green revolving fund established at Hollins last May.
The funds will enable Hollins to immediately implement green projects that further a campus culture of environmental sustainability.
Associate Professor of Biology Morgan Wilson and Audio Visual Assistant Anna Copplestone plant an American chestnut tree sapling behind Cromer Bergman Alumnae House. A total of ten chestnut tree saplings will be planted on campus this spring.
Colleges and universities across the country will compete to reduce electricity and water use on campus.
The university lowered emissions by 11 percent compared to the 2010-11 fiscal year, and overall has reduced its carbon footprint 19 percent over the past five years.
The project, which will be completed this summer, will serve Tinker Hall and deliver improved temperature control, better indoor air quality, and lower energy costs.
The newly renovated Robbie Hunt Burton Alumnae Cottage features the first geothermal heating and cooling system on campus, low-maintenance building materials containing recycled content, and high energy-efficient appliances.