EPA: Western is a top green-energy campus
Western Washington University is again on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of the nation’s top 30 green energy purchasers in higher education.
Western, 19th on the EPA list, annually offsets 100 percent of its electrical consumption from green sources via purchases of renewable energy credits (RECs).
Western is the only college or university in the state of Washington on the EPA list, updated on Jan. 8.
Western’s renewable energy program began more than nine years ago when a small group of Western students set a goal of having Western offset all of its electrical energy from a 100-percent renewable source. They proposed a student initiative to implement a fee that would offset the cost of purchasing renewable energy.
As a result of their visionary efforts and significant research into renewable energy, Western became the first university in the country to implement a student fee for the purchase of green energy.
In addition to funding the purchase of the renewable energy credits from the Endeavor Wind Farm in Iowa, the Green Energy Fee also has financed projects through the Green Energy Fee Grant Program.
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary EPA program that seeks to increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. For more information see EPA’s website on the Top 30 College and University Partners list.