Solar-topped parking shelters under construction
Construction in partnership with Chevron Energy Solutions has begun on a project that will add shaded parking for more than 700 vehicles and generate about 20 percent of campus electricity demand through solar panels atop the parking shelters. The $11.9 million project is in Lot V, just west of the Student Recreation Center. The project fits the Strategic Plan’s call for “a more environmentally aware campus by expanding recycling, sustainability in building design and construction, improved energy efficiency and environmental education,” said Cynthia Teniente-Matson, university vice president for administration and chief financial officer. Work should be contact by the end of summer. Click here for details.
Energy conservation campaign begins April 12
The university’s latest energy-saving efforts – the solar-power capabilities of the campus’ new WET Incubator and the photovoltaic-topped parking shelters – are a catalyst for a campuswide, student-generated energy conservation campaign beginning April 12. The “Care, Commit, Conserve!” effort begins with a Conservation Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Kennel Bookstore. The conservation promotion is the work of students in classes taught by Mass Communication and Journalism faculty members Betsy Hays, Tamyra Pierce and Candace Egan. Included in the program are suggestions about ways to save electricity without great sacrifice and short (5-10 minutes) classroom tutorials offered by the students to faculty who want to include them. To schedule an energy conservation tutorial, e-mail Kimby23@csufresno.edu. Visit http://betsyhayspr.com/walley_watt.htm for information about the carnival and http://www.myspace.com/carecommitconserve for campaign info.
Mehas nominated for CSU Board of Trustees
Alumnus Peter Mehas, who retired as Fresno County schools superintendent last year, is Gov. Schwarzenegger’s most recent nominee for the California State University Board of Trustees. Upon confirmation, Mehas will join two Fresno State alums, Carol Chandler and Jennifer Reimer, on the board. Mehas most recently has been teaching at Fresno State and consulting on postgraduate programs. Click here for details.
Water and Energy Technology
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Fresno State’s newest research and technology facility – partly powered by electricity generated by the sun – is open at Chestnut and Barstow avenues. The Water and Energy Technology building houses the Claude Laval Water and Energy Technology (WET) Incubator, which will help develop water, energy and other environmental technologies into regional jobs with worldwide impact. The new facility is a partnership between Fresno State’s International Center for Water Technology and the Central Valley Business Incubator. Click here for details.
Fresno State hosts international water, ozone conference
The inaugural International Water Technology Conference and Ozone V runs through Wednesday, April 4, in the Save Mart Center. More than 70 speakers and 50 exhibitors are participating. The conference is hosted by the International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) at Fresno State. The goal, said ICWT director David Zoldoske, is by “connecting water, science and technology, we can highlight the evolving issues and solutions to sustain both humankind and the environment.” Click here for details.