The Living Greenhouse, a geodesic dome structure located near the Bucknell Farm, functions as a teaching and research tool for the integration of sustainable and renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and anaerobic digestion with sustainable design strategies like rainwater collection, sustainable food production and composting. The Living Building Challenge, one of the most rigorous standards in green building design and construction, has served as a set of guiding principles for the design of the building and site.
Past RES projects also include:
- The installation of several solar arrays, which now serve as a power source for buildings on campus.
- The installation of a solar thermal unit at the Bucknell West residence complex.
- The installation of a 900-watt wind turbine near the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment.
Renewable Energy Scholars Speaker Series
The Renewable Energy Scholars Speaker Series seeks to educate the campus community on the benefits and challenges of the many alternatives to conventional fossil fuels. Over the years our collaborative group of faculty, staff, students and outside consultants have presented to the Bucknell community on solar photovoltaic power, concentrating solar power, solar thermal power, wind power, biofuels, anaerobic digestion, tidal power, energy conservation, energy monitoring and energy efficiency.