Texas District Breaks Ground on 'Net Zero Energy' School

Irving Independent School District of Irving, TX is launching what it called the largest "net zero energy" public school in the United States.

New Orleans Elementary Goes Solar

With the help of a fairly extensive regional partnership, Joseph A. Craig Elementary School in New Orleans is implementing a new 25.6 kilowatt solar array, which will provide the school with 36 megawatt hours of electricity per year.

Environmental Challenge Winners Tackle Pollution, Waste

The Siemens Foundation, in partnership with Discovery Education and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), has announced the winners of the 2010 We Can Change the World Challenge, which challenges teams of students in grades K through 8 from throughout the United States to develop STEM-based plans to help the environment through local community action.

California District Installs Solar Farms at Elementary Schools

California's Pioneer Union Elementary School District (PUESD) has gone solar. The district has installed solar farms at three schools--two elementary and one middle--in an effort to save on operational and energy costs.

PA District Installing Solar Energy System

Bald Eagle Area School District (BEASD) of Wingate, PA, 20 miles north of State College, is installing rooftop photovoltaic systems to provide solar energy to its Wingate Elementary and Bald Eagle Middle/High School.

The Lowdown on Virtualization

The idea of not having to purchase, run, and maintain multiple desktop computers in the classroom--yet still be able to accommodate every student with computing power--is attractive for K-12 schools. Some are already experimenting with the process using virtualization, which allows organizations to pool and share IT hardware and software and provides centralized management over technology assets.

Pano Logic Updates Desktop Virtualization Device

Pano Logic has updated its desktop virtualization system to provide support for Microsoft Windows 7, tighter integration with VMware View VDI management tools, and additional end user controls.

Secondhand Is First-Rate

Feeling the Heat

A few years ago, when the Irvine Unified School District was trying to get a handle on sky-high energy spending, it looked to the sun, which is virtually always in view given the district’s locale: Orange County, CA.

Mod Genius

John Bracker had it all figured out, or so he thought. As head of Watkinson School, a private school for grades 6 to 12 in Hartford, CT, he and his team had embarked on an ambitious plan to expand the campus’s science facilities. They enlisted a well-known local architect, who designed a beautiful new building that would meet all of their needs. But when Bracker presented the plan for the approximately $10 million edifice to the school’s donors, “it scared the hell out of them,” he says. “It was too expensive."

California District To Install Solar Arrays

Baldwin Park Unified School District in California will deploy solar arrays across seven of its campuses and its administrative center, an undertaking that could net the district more than $1 million per year in savings and incentive rebates.

Fujitsu and Pano Logic Launch Display-Only Client

Fujitsu has introduced a new line of "Zero Client" devices that need only LAN and power connections to provide computing services to users.

Colorado Prep School Goes Solar

An ongoing effort by a Colorado school to "deepen its students' appreciation for the world around them" has led to its being given a fully engineered, fully financed solar panel array to meet the school facility's energy needs.

Microsoft Enters K-12 Desktop Virtualization Market with MultiPoint Server

Microsoft has joined the desktop virtualization fray with the launch of Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, an application that allows multiple users to access their own computer sessions at the same time through a shared computer. Each user has a monitor, keyboard, and USB mouse. The company said it expects the new program to appeal to budget-conscious educational customers, particularly schools and libraries.

Georgia District Drives Savings Through Energy Initiative

In September 2009, Marietta City Schools (MCS) of Marietta, GA, launched a competition among the schools in the district. The "Save a Watt" competition, designed in conjunction with energy data solutions provider Apogee Interactive and energy provider Marietta Power & Water (MPW), led to energy and cost savings in every school in the district.

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