Yale’s Environment School Buys Wind Power

November 6, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] To encourage the development and use of alternative energy sources, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) has purchased US$3,500 of renewable energy certificates (RECs), ensuring that 20 percent of the school’s electricity is generated from wind power. The purchase supports the “20 percent by 2010” campaign in Connecticut, initiated by Hartford-based, nonprofit SmartPower Connecticut. The program encourages businesses and residences to commit to purchasing electricity from renewable sources. The school’s Dean, James Gustave, said that as an environmental school, they should be setting a good example and the wind energy RECs are compatible with that effort. Another aspect of the F&ES’ commitment to enhanced environmental performance is its plan for the construction of a complex that will include a green building facility. The complex will be a model of energy conservation and efficiency; it will employ systems for efficient waste management while restoring the surrounding area’s ecology. The complex is at the center of the school’s current $60 million capital campaign.

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