May. 25, 2016

A riddle: Which local entity finds 12,000 people working daily in its buildings and roaming its walks and roads? Which entity generates power from a fighter jet engine, has installed a large solar array, and calculates a self-imposed a carbon tax? Which entity first used steam heating in the 1860s, and still does, and is planning to reach 1990 emissions levels by 2020, and Net Zero emissions by 2050? And which calculates all energy innovations by their long-term financial costs and benefits but also through a sense of stewardship toward our environment?

Well, perhaps not the most challenging of riddles. But what is impressive about this entity, our local university, is the unusually extensive deliberations, indeed investigations, that it has undertaken in choosing various energy production and distribution systems.

Before installing its substantial solar array on the other side of Carnegie Lake, and running the electric lines underneath the lake back to the campus, Princeton University spent seven years calculating the technological details and options, along with the long-term costs/benefits...

Read Huck Fairman's full SOLUTIONS: Finding ways to save money and power through environmental adaptation and innovation article.