Tyson Research Center is the university’s 2000-acre ecological field station, located 30 minutes west of the Danforth Campus. The largely forested campus includes dozens of buildings and site lighting that draw electricity from the grid. With the 2014 addition of a 50 kilowatt ground-mounted solar array, the entire Tyson campus is one-third of the way to being net-zero energy, earning recognition by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.
Tyson has a long track record of excellence in sustainable operations, with the first Living Building Challenge-certified building in the world, the university’s only geothermal system, and a new 20,000-gallon rain water harvesting system added in 2014. The new solar array brings the Tyson campus’s total to 73 kw of solar PV.