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The Green Apple BlogThe Green Apple is your Science Connexion news resource. Learn about new equipment just received, sustainable living and energy efficiency ideas for schools.
Wednesday, May 30 2012

Students from the Lemont-based science program Project Infinite Green will be featured Monday morning on Fox Chicago News. The program's seventh-and eighth-grade students will appear at 9:20 a.m. to discuss their recent presentation of sustainable energy plans to members of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Caucus in Washington D.C...

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Tuesday, May 29 2012

Chemical engineering professor Sohail Murad and his students are testing both open and closed loop heat pump systems for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Over the next year, the group will study which system does best in lowering heating and cooling costs, with an expected savings of 20 to 50 percent. The water reclamation district may use the findings to retrofit its other treatment plants...

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Tuesday, May 08 2012

News from SEDAC


Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire has been awarded an inaugural Emerald award in recognition of their outstanding energy conservation and sustainability efforts in the Existing Building category.  They will be presented with the award at the USGBC Illinois Chapter's Limelight event on May 10, 2012.


SEDAC performed a specialized energy assessment for the high school in collaboration with the design firm CannonDesign. The assessment identified $344,000 in annual energy cost savings or 2.2 million kWh and 18,000 therm savings for the school. The school adopted many of the recommendations and Cannon Design used the energy assessment in their submittal for LEED EB Status. SEDAC continues to work with Stevenson High School as part of the Public Sector Retro-Commissioning Program. The school's retro-commissioning recommendations alone are expected to save 1 million kWh or $90,000 annually with a payback of about 6 months.


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Tuesday, May 08 2012

In addition to user-powered fitness bikes and reuse/swap/donation options for its older fitness machines and athletic uniforms, the university's Ratner Athletics Center is working with Facilities Services to implement energy conservation lighting and recalibrate and balance its ventilation system...

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Monday, May 07 2012

With a life-long love of science, Aurora's Courtney Gras, a junior engineering student at the University of Akron, helped come up with a unique energy-saving idea. She calls it "the first all-in-one energy management system for batteries. This product prevents liability and extends reliability in large-scale battery packs for alternative energy applications," she explained...

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11th grader at George Washington Carver High was shot in the hip; injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
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Student, 19, was found wounded Sunday in a residence hall on the Nashville campus.
By 2022-23, high schools won't be able to start classes before 8:30 a.m.
The Anne Arundel County board votes to rebuild outdated facilities in Annapolis, Glenn Burnie and Severn.
Asbestos concerns and other construction problems forced district officials to relocate nearly 1,000 students who attend the 2 schools.
The Sacramento area school system says it needs to make cuts because of enrollment drops and too many campuses.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill that allows parents to administer medical cannabis to their children at their schools.
The donation from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation will enable the university to remodel existing veterinary school facilities and construct an additional building.
The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton district is replacing 3 schools with a single districtwide campus.
An assortment of photos depicting school and university facilities through the years.
An $80 million Memorial Union will replace an outdated facility on the Grand Forks campus.
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County district had students stopped using their Chromebooks after one began smoking in a third-grade classroom in Lewisville, N.C..
A federal magistrate says U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has violated a court order to stop collecting loan debts from students who attended the now bankrupt Corinthian Colleges
North Hall is the school's first newly constructed student housing in 34 years.
Rankings from the WalletHub website say that Arizona is least friendly state for teachers to work in 2019
Scape North America had proposed spending $1 billion on student housing in Boston, but now wants to build apartments for the general population.
A private donor is paying for the water attraction as an added amenity to the school's Orlando campus.
Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to spend $600 million to boost starting teachers' salaries in Florida to $47,500 a year.
The school system wants to recover the millions of dollars it has spent battling the over-prescription and addiction caused by the drugs.
The 149-room hotel is expected to open in September 2021.
Benjamin Franklin High School and Science Leadership Academy, which share a building, are closed indefinitely while tests are conducted.
The $56 million Integrated Science and Engineering facility is set to open on the Spokane, Wash., campus in 2021
District says a man with a knife in his pocket made it into a classroom at a Port Orange, Fla., high school without being stopped.
Running out of reserve funds, the Wood County board will close 2 elementary schools may close a third.
An anti-affirmative action group had alleged that the school's admissions policies wrongfully held Asian American applicants to higher standards.
Robert Morris University Illinois would become part of Roosevelt University.