Renewable Energy Initiatives at the Land-Grant Universities of the Northeast
Prepared by Sezer Goncuoglu for the Northeast Center for Rural Development
- Cornell University Renewable Energy Society (CURES)
This organization provides a forum for students, faculty, and staff to share their
interest in renewable energy.
- Cornell University. Cornell Sustainable Campus: Promoting sustainable futures and
advancing Cornell’s mission
This site presents the programs established in Cornell to make the campus more
sustainable. Energy-related links include ‘energy use,’ ‘transportation,’ ‘green
buildings,’ and ‘climate neutrality.’
- Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE)
PSIEE is the central coordinating structure at Penn State for energy and
environmental research. The site provides access to other centers which include
Energy Institute, Center for Sustainability, and Biomass Energy Center among others.
- The Pennsylvania State University, Agricultural and Biological Engineering “Energy
This site provides information on energy alternatives, energy efficiency, and some
general energy issues through related website links.
- The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD)
This site provides access to tips on reducing home heating costs and information on
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Energy Institute
The Rutgers Energy Institute is a broad umbrella organization which helps coordinate
and promote individual and group activities on energy utilization, efficiency, and
sustainability. The following two Centers operate under this umbrella organization.
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Edward J. Bloustein School of
Planning and Public Policy, Center for Energy, Economic, and Environmental Policy
This center collaborates with policy experts and stakeholders in the private, public,
and non-profit sectors to strengthen energy, economic and environmental public
policy. The center is affiliated with New Jersey Hydrogen Learning Center and New
Jersey Sustainable State Institute – both located at the Edward J. Bloustein School of
Planning and Public Policy.
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The Center for Advanced Energy
The mission of this multidisciplinary center is the creation, development, and
promotion of new energy technologies.
- University of Connecticut, Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center
The mission of this center is “to make fuel cells technically and economically feasible
energy conversion devices for a sustainable civilization.” The technical site provides
access to important energy websites - Hydrogen Fuel Cell Institute, Connecticut
Clean Energy Fund and Energy Info Source, among them.
- University of Connecticut, Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis
Provides access to a 57-page report on “Biodiesel: Fuel for Thought, Fuel for
- University of Connecticut, Office of Environmental Policy Students. “Internet
The Office of Environmental Policy (OEP) focuses on excellence in environmental
performance, emphasizing sustainability initiatives ranging from climate change to
water conservation and green building. This site provides access to internet sources
on energy which include, among others, Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP)
and Energy Star.
- University of Delaware, Institute of Energy Conversion
This institute is an integrated laboratory devoted to research and development of
photovoltaic solar cells and other photonic devices. The link provides access to
energy-related websites, including, for example, Renewable Energy Access.
- University of Delaware, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy. Energy
This link gives brief information on energy sustainability and provides access to
descriptions of individual energy projects at the center - which include, among others,
‘wind energy for rural livelihoods’ and ‘bioenergy for sustainable rural development.’
There is also a link to energy publications.
- University of District of Columbia, Center of Excellence for Renewable Energy
This link connects to a one-page mission statement. The Center was inaugurated on
April 7, 2006 - the last day of the International Conference on Renewable Energy for
Developing Countries-06 (ICREDC-06). Yet there is not much information on
- The University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative
FBRI is aims to reduce dependence on petroleum by creating a renewable
carbohydrate economy through new technologies. This effort is centered around the
sustainable use of forests to generate bioproducts that will be produced in integrated
- The University of Maine Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Energy
This link provides access to energy websites. Examples include U.S. Department of
Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy Network, among others.
- The University of Maine Ecology and Environmental Sciences. “Reducing Your
Footprint: A Handbook for Reducing Household Carbon Dioxide Emissions”
This link connects to a School of Economics Staff Paper which is designed to help
individuals and families reduce their household carbon dioxide emissions in a
- IRIS Center at the University of Maryland College Park
This link connects to an E-Bulletin published by the PPC IDEAS Project at the IRIS
Center. The issue is basically about energy and the poor with links to certain papers.
- University of Maryland College Park, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering,
Consortium for Cooling, Heating and Power
This group conducts research on advanced energy efficient and environmentally
friendly building technology. The goal is to integrate cooling, heating and power
technologies on-site to achieve synergistic efficiency.
- University of Maryland Energy Research Center
The center is “a multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to advancing the frontiers of
energy science and technology, with a special focus on forward-looking approaches
for alternative energy generation and storage.”
- University of Maryland, The Joint Global Change Research Institute
The Joint Institute addresses the challenges of global climate change through
interdisciplinary research. This site provides links to selected climate change, energy,
and environmental sites. It also gives information on international trends in energy
research and development.
- University of Massachusetts Amherst, The Environmental Institute. Energy Related
There are links to on campus energy initiatives, Massachusetts and New England
based energy organizations, and other national organizations.
- University of New Hampshire Biodiesel Group
The UNH Biodiesel Group is an inter-departmental group focusing on a variety of
projects related to this alternative fuel. The site provides links to some articles and
reports on biodiesel.
- University of New Hampshire, Cooperative Extension. “Energy Efficiency &
Sustainable Energy Financial Incentives for NH Residents: Save Money Going
Target audience is New Hampshire residents in this site. The site gives information
on how to make homes more energy efficient. A brief outline presents ways that
owners of existing homes can save energy, by addressing three different economic
grouping (those who have $100 or less, $500, and $2,000 or more to spend.)
- University of New Hampshire Office of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability tries to integrate sustainability into all aspects of the
University of New Hampshire. One aspect of this commitment is “promoting energy
conservation and efficiency, reductions of emissions of greenhouse gases and criteria
air pollutants, and related curricula, research, and outreach.”
- University of Rhode Island Sustainable Communities Initiative
This site provides links to selected institutes which work on sustainable development
in general. Some examples are Rocky Mountain Institute, The Worldwatch Institute,
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and The Earth Policy Institute.
- The University of Vermont, Center for Sustainable Agriculture. “Renewable Energy
on the Farm”
Provides access to websites which may help farmers make sound decisions on using
- The University of Vermont’s Solar Energy Project
Gives detailed information on a collaborative project of the UVM Physical Plant
Department and The UVM Environmental Council to install solar panels as roof at
some buildings on campus.
- West Virginia University Extension Service. “Summertime Blues?”
Provides links to websites which give information on how individuals and individual
households can reduce their energy consumption.
- New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program
This site provides practical information on renewable energy technologies like solar,
wind, and biomass for both residential and commercial and industrial applications.
There are links to other resources on renewable energy.
- The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University
The institute focuses on practical applications and the dissemination of information
on energy alternatives and sustainability of Connecticut and the region.
- State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection. Energy Efficiency
and Climate Change
This site provides information on energy efficiency and climate change. There are
useful links for consumers and businesses to help them become more energy efficient.
- State of Connecticut. “Energy conservation and Green Building Initiatives.”
February 26, 2007.
A report about energy conservation legislation and green buildings in Connecticut.
Subtitles include utility conservation programs, efficiency in public facilities,
appliance energy efficiency standards, and incentives for energy efficiency.
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental
Affairs, Division of Energy Resources
This site provides valuable information for the businesses and residents of
Massachusetts to reduce their energy costs and attain greater efficiency in all energy
uses. Some examples of the site contents are Energy Programs, Energy Price
Information, and Renewable Energy.
- Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy Trust
“The Renewable Energy Trust seeks to maximize environmental and economic
benefits for the Commonwealth’s citizens by pioneering and promoting clean energy
technologies and fostering the emergence of sustainable markets for electricity
generated from renewable sources.” The trust offers programs for individuals,
businesses and nonprofits, and communities to provide many avenues for the
Commonwealth to become greener.
- MIT Energy Initiative
“The MITEI program includes research, education, campus energy management and
outreach activities that cover all areas of energy supply and demand, security and
- New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association
The goal of this association is to help NH residents through the process of
incorporating renewable energy and sustainable technologies into their lives.
- West Virginia Development Office-Community Matters Department. Energy
This program gives information on energy conservation and alternative energy
technologies to help West Virginia industries, public institutions, local governments,
and citizens enhance energy efficiency and identify appropriate technologies. Some
examples are ENERGY STAR ® Program, Ride Share Program, and Building
Professionals Energy Training Program.
- West Virginia Renewable Energy Site. Hosted by Shepherd University.
This site is maintained by Shepherd University Institute for Environmental Studies
and West Virginia Development Office to help increase understanding and adoption
of renewable energy technologies in West Virginia and the region. The site provides
basic information on energy outlook, solar and wind energy, and biofuels with links
to related energy websites.
- The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
NESEA works for the widespread adoption and use of renewable energy sources,
energy efficient practices, and green buildings. The association provides support to
industry professionals and consumers to adopt sustainable energy and green building
- USDA Rural Development. 2002 Farm Bill Initiative: The Renewable Energy and
Energy Efficiency Program. USDA Farm Bill Section 9006.
- “Renewable Energy Systems to Enhance the Prosperity of Rural Communities” by
Norman Scott, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell
- Americans’ Low “energy IQ:” A Risk to Our Energy Future. Subtitled “Why
America Needs a Refresher Course on Energy”
A 60-page report by The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation.
- American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit organization
which advances energy efficiency as a means of promoting environmental protection
and economic prosperity. The Council carries out projects on energy policy, industry
and agriculture, buildings, and other energy related areas.