Allegheny Sustainability

Allegheny College is a nationally recognized leader in the campus sustainability movement.  The Board of Trustees adopted a set of Environmental Guiding Principles in 2002.  As a signatory of the ACUPCC, Allegheny has set a climate neutrality goal of 2020 and annually makes significant progress in energy consumption reduction.  For the past three years, Allegheny College has been recognized by the EPA as a Green Power Partner for our commitment to purchasing 100% of our electricity from wind-generated sources.   Allegheny was also awarded the EPA Green Power Leadership Award in 2011 and Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Award in 2012.  Sustainability on campus is evident in three LEED® certified buildings, daily Physical Plant operations, unique curriculum, student groups, a sustainable residence, a comprehensive compost and organic turf management plan, a biodiesel program in partnership with the City of Meadville, campus vegetable gardens, solar panels, a bikeshare, and much more.  To learn more about Allegheny’s robust sustainability program visit http://sites.allegheny.edu/green/.

With a climate neutrality goal of 2020, Allegheny has made and continues to make concerted efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.  We purchase 100% of our electricity from wind-generated sources, rather than the conventional fuel mix of coal, gas, oil, nuclear and a small proportion of renewables.  Switching to a renewable electricity source, eliminated 52% of the emissions associated with the campus’s baseline operations.  Natural gas is the primary source of space and water heating across campus, making it the second largest contributor to Allegheny’s carbon footprint.  Efforts to insulate building envelopes and upgrade to high efficiency boilers have drastically reduced campus natural gas consumption and therefore emissions.  However, the campus is still reliant on natural gas sources at this time.