Bucknell's Renewable Energy Scholars are a group of students, staff, and faculty who seek to educate the University community and the public about the theories, principles and benefits of with renewable energy technologies. The program was originally established through a grant from Sustainable Energy Fund's Solar Scholars Program. In August, 2006 Bucknell hosted its first Solar Scholars workshop resulting in the installation of a 2.5 kilowatt solar array, which now serves as a power source for the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment. In April of 2007 two more arrays, with a combined capacity of 3.2 kW, were installed at the Bucknell Mods. In 2008 a solar thermal unit was added at the Bucknell Mods site, and in 2013 a 900 watt wind turbine was installed near the Center for Sustainability. More recently, the Class of 2014 donated a fourth PV array situated adjacent to the water tower on South Campus.
When the sun is shining, the electrons are flowing! View real-time data of Bucknell's solar instalations.
Bucknell's Renewable Energy Scholars sponsor workshops and regular lectures by faculty, alumni, and invited guests on a variety of topics related to energy and sustainability. To find out more, please contact faculty advisors Nate Siegel or Peter Jansson.
To see what else the Renewable Energy Scholars have been up to, view our photo gallery below.
The Class of 2015 left its gift to Bucknell in the form of energy awareness. Bucknell's first Eco-Screen was installed in the athletic center to inspire curiosity about the University's energy use. The data on the Eco-Screen is also available in a user-friendly online portal where you can learn more about the real-time energy being used in different campus buildings.Eco-Screen
Undertaken as part of Bucknell's pledge to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in May 2010, "A Climate Action Plan for Bucknell University" presents a detailed, long range strategy for the University to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2030, with intermediate targets specified for 2015 and 2020. Supporting data for the plan has been documented and analyzed in detailed greenhouse gas inventories submitted every two years by students in ENST 319 and CENG 432.