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EPA Recognizes the University of Minnesota, Morris for Leading Green Power Use

Posted by Jenna Ray on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013


The University of Minnesota, Morris announced today that it appears as No. 28 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) Top 30 On-site list of the largest green power users. Morris is using more than five million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 58 percent of the university’s electricity use. Morris is generating green power from several on-site renewable energy systems as well. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.

“This is a huge honor, and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for finance and facilities. “Purchasing green power helps our university become more sustainable while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk.”

Green power is defined as electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Generating on-site green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

“We congratulate the University of Minnesota, Morris for using renewable energy and taking a leadership position on the environment,” said Blaine Collison, director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “The University of Minnesota, Morris's impressive green power commitment helps to reduce carbon pollution and provides an excellent example for other colleges and universities.”

According to the U.S. EPA, Morris's green power generation of more than 5 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 700 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 500 average American homes annually.

The EPA recognition is only the latest of Morris’s environmental achievements. Earlier this year, the school was included in both The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges and Sierra magazine's Top 40 "Cool Schools" list. Morris also opened its first environmentally conscious living and learning facility, the Green Prairie Community, in August.

About University of Minnesota, Morris
Through personal and academic discovery, the University of Minnesota, Morris provides opportunities for students to grow intellectually, engage in community, experience environmental stewardship and celebrate diversity. A renewable and sustainable educational experience, Morris prepares graduates for careers, for advanced degrees, for lifelong learning, for work world flexibility in the future, and for global citizenship. Learn more about Morris at morris.umn.edu or call 888-866-3382.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,500 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies small and medium sized businesses local, state, and federal governments and colleges and universities. For additional information, visit epa.gov/greenpower.