AzRISE Receives Substantial Donation For Solar Energy Solutions
PHOENIX, August 7, 2008 — (CSRwire) PHOENIX, AZ. - August 6, 2008 - Recognizing that the sun is the most abundant renewable energy source in Arizona, University of Phoenix has partnered with the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE), a global institute created by University of Arizona. With University of Phoenix's financial and social commitment to sustainable energy solutions, AzRISE will develop and implement practical solar technology, improve educational opportunities in this growing field, and design outreach programs to engage the public in dialogue.
AzRISE, through its current research, is committed to reducing the cost while increasing the efficiency of solar cells; improving technologies for large power plants; developing adequate storage devices for solar energy; and improving energy conservation for automobiles and building structures.
"We are proud to provide support for this cutting-edge institute, as the need for renewable energy in Arizona and globally is increasing," said Dr. William Pepicello, President of University of Phoenix. "Through this partnership, we hope to educate, inspire and drive widespread adoption of solar energy as a viable solution to our long-term energy needs."
University of Phoenix's donation and efforts provide direct support for numerous AzRISE program initiatives, such as the American Solar Challenge, a competition to design, build and race solar-powered cars in a cross-country event. The 2008 University of Arizona solar-powered car, the Drifter 2.0, participated in the race from Plano, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, and finished tenth among 24 teams. The Drifter 2.0 solar car and University of Arizona team will be visiting the University of Phoenix online facility on August 8 to offer visitors a firsthand perspective.
Additionally, the partnership will provide support for a University of Arizona team to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s fourth annual Solar Decathlon, an international competition to design, build and operate an energy-efficient, fully solar-powered home. The homes, built by 20 teams that were selected by the Department, will go on display at the National Mall in Washington, DC, in the fall of 2009. The Department's Solar Decathlon complements the President's Solar America Initiative, which seeks to make solar power cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015.
University of Phoenix began its formal commitment to the environment in 2007, when its leaders dedicated themselves to the cause, conducting an internal environmental audit and kicking off a "Go Green" campaign.
To build awareness and interest in the green initiatives, employees focused on recycling, reducing waste and expanding their knowledge of environmental issues and topics. Over 10,000 faculty and employees completed a training course on the topic.
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University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of August 31, 2008, 362,100 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.