Energy and Sustainability

Thursday, Jun 28, 2018
by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
Princeton University’s Solar Field is now even more sustainable thanks to a fleecy flock that keeps the 27 acres trim and tidy. The field, located on University lands in West Windsor, has hosted a herd of sheep since March. The new ewe system is a creative and economical way to keep grass and weeds from reducing the efficiency of the 16,528...
Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018
by Jared Flesher, Office of Sustainability
Nine years ago, the town of Princeton, New Jersey released a 200-page Climate Action Plan, full of good ideas about how to make the community a more sustainable place to live, but few residents read it. So town officials are partnering with Princeton students to find ways to make their 2019 Climate Action Plan more widely known and followed.
Monday, May 14, 2018
by Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications
Legislators, state officials and industry leaders from 10 East Coast states and Quebec, Canada, gathered Friday, May 11, at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment to discuss nonpartisan, regional solutions to reducing carbon emissions while fostering economic growth.
Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017
by Susan DeSantis, Office of Engineering Communications
While most consumers don’t pay much attention to the fate of dead smartphones, Princeton University researchers are envisioning a way to breathe new life into them. Instead of tossing old phones in a junk drawer or burying them in a landfill, the researchers want to turn them into high-powered computer servers.
Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
by Laurie Zazenski, School of Architecture
Georgina Baronian, a third-year master’s student in architecture at Princeton, was awarded the Next Generation 1st Prize at the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction presented in Chicago on Oct. 12. Baronian’s project, “Prototype for an Evaporative Cooling Roof,” is an investigation on cooling large-scale structures using an...
Thursday, Oct 5, 2017
by Jeanne Jackson DeVoe, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, with assistance from the Department of Energy’s Princeton Site Office, this week completed a $34 million, five-year project on behalf of US ITER to provide three-quarters of the components for the steady-state electrical network at ITER, the international fusion experiment site in France.
Thursday, Sep 28, 2017
by Pooja Makhijani, Office of Communications
Municipalities around the country are working to limit climate change and prepare for its consequences. For the town of Princeton, planning is a priority. As the town reevaluates its progress on climate positive activities, it has collaborated with five Princeton undergraduates as part of the University’s Tiger Challenge to help them address a...
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017
by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute
Extreme ocean waves, severe thunderstorms and urban flooding, and a sophomore urban-design course make up the latest round of projects funded by PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program. Totaling $348,000, the new awards combine the study of the natural and built environments to address the interrelated environmental and social issues facing the world...
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017
by Briana Vannozzi, NJTV Correspondent
At 271 years young, Princeton University is New Jersey’s oldest college, so it probably doesn’t come to mind when you think of cutting-edge infrastructure. But, the campus is actually leading the state with its comprehensive clean energy programs and design. The college upgraded the heating and cooling system, replaced lighting and improved its...
Monday, May 15, 2017
by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute
James Baker, the 61st U.S. Secretary of State, a 1952 graduate of Princeton and former trustee, gave the Taplin Lecture, “A Conservative Approach to Climate Change,” at McCosh Hall yesterday. He presented a plan he developed with several prominent Republicans to garner conservative support for curbing carbon emissions and curtailing the effects of...