April 27, 2015 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Allegheny College as a 2014-2015 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has the largest individual use of green power within a qualifying conference. Allegheny has taken top honors for the past four years.
Allegheny College beat its conference rivals by using more than 15 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Allegheny College is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Constellation NewEnergy. In addition, Allegheny College is generating green power from an on-site renewable energy system using solar resources. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. Allegheny’s commitment to on-campus renewables and the purchase of RECs also halves the campus carbon footprint and advances progress toward the college’s 2020 climate neutrality goal. (more…)