Higher Education is Leading the Way in Sustainability

Bentley University LogoSustainability is alive and well on college campuses across the country; in fact, recent data published by the EPA and the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) partnership indicate that, jointly, the ACUPCC is the 3rd largest buyer of renewable energy credits (RECs) in the U.S.  As a group, higher education has reduced carbon emissions by 25 percent over the past five years, more than any other U.S. industry.

The ACUPCC includes 298 signatories, who annually produce nearly 300,000,000 kWh of onsite renewables through solar, wind, biomass, and other renewable sources.  In addition, to offset the remainder of their purchased electricity, the schools purchase RECs from providers like Renewable Choice—a total of 1,395,585,534 kWh annually!

One leader in higher education is Renewable Choice client Bentley University.  Located just west of Boston, Bentley is a business university with more than 5,000 full-time students.  Bentley has made sustainability a priority for the campus, setting aggressive goals to neutralize its carbon footprint by 2030.  This goal will be accomplished through a combination of energy management, building retrofits (including the installation of LED lights for all public areas), and the purchase of RECs.

Bentley’s REC purchase of 25 million kWh/yr. for two years was a sizeable investment that led the university to cut its carbon footprint in half—and be honored by the EPA as a Green Power Partner.  The University has also been recognized in the top ten Northeast-10 Conference schools in the EPA’s College & University Green Power Challenge.

Renewable Choice’s commitment to sustainability in higher education is long-standing, providing campuses with RECs to help them achieve operational carbon neutrality, RECs for numerous campus LEED® building projects, and offering Mosaic™ carbon accounting software to all campuses free of charge, allowing schools to more effectively measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions.  We look forward to continuing to partner with campuses across the country in the achievement of their sustainability goals.  Please contact us for more information about how we can help your school.

By | 2013-01-10T23:18:11+00:00 January 10th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

About the Author:

Amy brings 20 years’ experience in leadership and organizations to her work in sustainability communications for Renewable Choice. She earned her M.Ed. at Colorado State University.