Wind to Power Nearly Half of College’s Needs

Connecticut College students and administration have helped solidify the College’s ongoing support for the generation of green power by purchasing wind power energy certificates that equal approximately 44 percent of the College’s annual electricity consumption.

New London, Connecticut – December 11, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The college has committed to purchase wind energy certificates, which financially support the renewable energy industry, for the next two years from EAD Environmental, a New York-based renewable energy credit and greenhouse gas marketer. Connecticut College Vice President for Administration Ulysses Hammond said this initiative, which is a joint effort between students and administration, strengthens the college’s position as one of the most environmentally-committed campuses in the country. “Doubling our purchase of renewable energy reaffirms the College’s commitment to be a model for environmental sustainability,” Hammond said. The effort to commit to renewable energy at Connecticut College began three years ago. Students in the College’s Renewable Energy Club proposed a petition to increase student fees to cover the additional cost of purchasing renewable energy attributes. More than 75 percent of the students signed the petition, and it won overwhelming support from the Student Government Association and consequently, the College’s Board of Trustees. According to club co-chair Jennie McLaughlin, the Renewable Energy Club is working on an overall energy policy for campus. In addition to doubling its renewable energy certificate purchases, Connecticut College students are demonstrating their commitment to this policy by turning the lights off, paying extra for renewable energy, embracing solar energy and conducting a trash audit. Connecticut College, one of the founding members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, a partner in the Clean Cities program, and a Green Seal Environmental Partner, has agreed to purchase 13.3 million kWhs of EAD Environmental’s 100 percent Green-e Certified, New Wind RECertificates. This is equivalent to the total output of nearly four 1.5 MW wind turbines. The College’s commitment will prevent the emissions of approximately 17.2 million pounds of greenhouse gases.
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