Lafayette continues to explore new ways of increasing energy efficiency and reducing fossil fuels through building plans, student activities, course projects, faculty research and other initiatives.
Solar panels will be installed on the roof of Kirby Sports Center during summer 2021. Energy collected by the 400- to 530-kilowatt solar array will be used to power systems in Kirby. Learn more about this project.
The College installed a wind turbine and two solar photovoltaic panels at Metzgar Fields, adjacent to LaFarm in Forks Township, mostly for demonstration and research purposes. Acopian Engineering Center features a photovoltaic roof panel, and a vegetated roof. Green building principles were employed in construction of the LEED-certified Grossman House, which uses considerably less energy per resident than traditional dorms. Above, a Lafayette student constructs solar panels on top of a storage shed.
With regards to academic pursuits, students regularly undertake projects aimed at reducing energy use across campus, including energy modeling and energy audits of Grossman House and their sustainable living community. Faculty research in energy involves use of concentrated high-temperature solar energy to produce fuels, and improving the efficiencies of solar thermal systems for space and hot water heating.
Here are some tips on how to choose and maintain an energy-efficient fridge for your room: