Buildings and Energy
Solar Home Systems
Student project shows effective and affordable ways to get electricity to rural areas of developing countries.
In June, the College of Saint Benedict replaced 20,000 35 watt light bulbs with 25 watt light bulbs, a move that will save the college over 715,000 kWh, 425 mtons CO2e, and $50,000 annually. Funded by a rebate from Xcel Energy and the College's Revolving Loan Fund, this change out has a return on investment of 1 year.
Sustainable Buildings Task Force
The charge of the Sustainable Building Task Force is to develop a sustainable building policy and design standards which can be applicable to renovation and new building projects. See the Sustainable Building Policy. The group is currently working on developing the specific building guidelines referenced in the policy.